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Ebook Procurement Must Serve All Students

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy on May 24, 2017 at 9:27am

Digital content is on the rise in classrooms across the country. Much of this content comes in the form of ebooks. Unfortunately, not all ebooks are accessible to students unable to read standard print due to low vision, blindness, or dyslexia. Procurement staff—either at the state or school-district level—must know what to look for in order to identify and procure content that works for all students.

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Benetech’s Communities are the Engines that Power Our Work

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Human Rights Program, Global Literacy, Benetech Labs, DIAGRAM, Code Alliance on April 26, 2017 at 3:46pm

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and contribute in a myriad of ways. At Benetech, we rely on an army of volunteers, advisors, mentors, ambassadors, experts, working groups, and community leaders to help us achieve our mission, which is to empower communities by creating scalable technology solutions. Without their collective expertise and skills, the reach and impact of our work would not be as great. Thank you to all of the volunteers and community members who advance our software for social good mission.

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Teacher’s Passion Inspires Students at Jagriti School for Blind Girls in India

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on March 16, 2017 at 4:53pm

 Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale helps students succeed at reading and life Most of us can recall a favorite teacher who inspired us to study hard, overcome challenges, and do our best. One teacher who exemplifies this attitude is Sunanda Yeshwanth Kale, a teacher of the visually impaired at Jagriti School for Blind Girls in Alandi Devachi […]

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Benetech Showcases Leading Edge Literacy Initiatives at 32nd Annual CSUN Conference

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy, DIAGRAM on February 23, 2017 at 1:35pm

Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place at the 32nd Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference from February 27-March 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Benetech team is excited to have a significant presence at the conference and showcase the latest developments in three key initiatives dedicated to making literacy accessible to all.

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Benetech and Lighthouse Guild Announce New Program Offering Free Ebooks to Students Who Are Visually Impaired

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Announcements, Global Literacy on February 1, 2017 at 4:35am

The new Spotlight Gateway program is able to provide Bookshare for free to qualifying students via an existing award from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. What do people miss most when they lose their vision? They miss seeing their families, and they miss having unlimited access to information of all kinds, […]

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Bookshare Members Now Have Access to Over 500,000 Ebooks

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Announcements, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on January 12, 2017 at 1:18pm

On November 29, 2016, Bookshare hit a momentous milestone when it passed the mark of 500,000 titles in its collection. That means that people unable to read standard print now have access to 500,000 ebooks in various formats to suit their individual needs.

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Bringing Literacy to Suraj and His Classmates in India

By posted in Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on October 11, 2016 at 2:42pm

Meet Suraj. He is eight years old and in the third standard at the School for Blind Boys in Bhosari, a suburb of Pune, in the Maharashtra state of India. He is passionate about playing cricket and chess and wants to have an elephant for a pet. His father, Hanumanta Jadav, is a farmer in […]

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Benetech Delivers 10 Million Accessible Ebooks

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy on September 20, 2016 at 1:47pm

Benetech’s Bookshare technology makes reading possible for over 425,000 individuals unable to read standard print Empowers students and adults to succeed in school, work and social inclusion PALO ALTO, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2016 — Benetech, the leading nonprofit empowering communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions, today announced that over 10 million accessible […]

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10 Million Book Downloads Today Provides a 10x Model for Tomorrow

By posted in Bookshare, Benetech, Global Literacy, Bookshare International on September 20, 2016 at 9:00am

Many years ago I had the wild idea to start a deliberately nonprofit technology company in the heart of Silicon Valley. I knew that technology, when applied for social good, promised to usher in positive and sustainable change. Today’s 10 million download milestone is a celebration of our ability to deliver on that promise. Ten […]

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George Kerscher Joins Benetech as Senior Advisor for Global Literacy

By posted in Benetech, Press Releases, Global Literacy on August 16, 2016 at 6:00am

Palo Alto, California, August 16, 2016 — Benetech announced today that Dr. George Kerscher has joined the organization as Senior Advisor to the Benetech Global Literacy program. Dr. Kerscher brings a wealth of experience and long-time leadership in the accessible information field. He began his accessibility technology innovation in the 1980s and coined the term […]

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